Ghana to ban shisha tobacco - Ghana announced that it will ban shisha, or water-pipe tobacco by the middle of 2018. The Ghana Health Service said it found that one puff of shisha is the equivalent to smoking a full cigarette. Those who are caught smoking shisha in the country could see a fine of up to $490, or a prison sentence of up to six months.
Tanzania calls for legal action against pregnant schoolgirls - Arusha Administrative Secretary Richard Kwitega told a media outlet that law authorities aren’t doing enough to combat rising pregnancy rates in Tanzania. Kwitega said legal action needs to be taken against schoolgirls who are pregnant. In 2018, Tanzania President John Magufuli said teenage mothers shouldn’t be allowed to return to school.
No word on U.S./North Korea talks yet - President Donald Trump agreed to have direct talks with North Korea, but South Korea says it has not heard anything yet from North Korea. South Korea said Kim Jong-un is prepared to give up his nuclear weapons. South Korea said it believes North Korea is approaching potential talks with the United States with caution, and it’s taking time to organize.
Forty-nine die in plane crash in Nepal - At least 49 people died when a plane carrying 71 people crashed while landing at an airport in Nepal. Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli called for an immediate investigation into what caused the crash. The airline said the crash was caused by air traffic control, but the airport says the plane came in from the wrong direction.
UK blames Russia for spy poisoning British Prime Minister Theresa May said it is highly likely that Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Skripal acted as a double agent for the United Kingdom, and the country believes the chemical used on Skripal was developed by Russia. Russia said May’s accusations are a “fairy tale.”
Russia tests new nuclear weapon - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced numerous nuclear-capable weapons at the beginning of March, and now the country is saying it has successfully tested a hypersonic missile. Russia released a video showing the missile and said it successfully hit its target. The missile can travel at ten times the speed of sound, and Putin has referred to it as “an ideal weapon.”
Indigenous women to serve on Chile’s Congress - For the first time, two women from the indigenous Mapuche group will serve on Chile’s Congress. The women, Emilia Nuyado and Arcely Leuquen, will represent the Araucania region. The region has seen a rise in a conflict between the Mapuche group and the state. Chile President Sebastian Pinera said solving the conflict is one of his top priorities.
FARC presidential candidate drops out of race - Rodrigo Londono led the FARC rebel group in Colombia for years, and he had declared himself as a presidential candidate. He has now announced that he will drop his presidential bid because of health issues. He was hospitalized last month, and had surgery for coronary disease.
Trump comments on new gun laws President Donald Trump tweeted that there is not “much political support” to raise the age from 18-21 for buying semi-automatic rifles. The White House is planning to move along with the idea of arming teachers with weapons. He detailed the plan this past Sunday, and wants to fund programs to train school staff to use weapons.
The newest Virginia-class attack submarine - USS Colorado (SSN 788), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Mar. 17, 2018. It will be the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been replaced - Rex Tilerson has been replaced by Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo amid ongoing disagreements on foreign policy between him and President Trump. State undersecretary Steve Goldstein has disputed the events leading up to Tillerson’s firing stating that he was “unaware of the reasoning,” contradiction reports from the White House. Goldstein was released shortly after his account.